Often times, life challenges the strongest people when they are faced with trauma and tests whether they have the ability to find a way to move on. When faced with the traumatic challenges of life, even people who have suffered the most cannot obtain closure as an absolute end to their suffering. Closure does not exist in recovery when it is defined as a sense of resolution or conclusion, but this permanent action of “moving on” is an extremely unrealistic standard. In the book, The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat, most of the characters strive to move on from the trauma caused by the dew breaker who hurt them. The nonfiction sources, “Analysis: Closure, a moment of uncertainty and a beginning of a struggle between what remains and what is …show more content…
In the story “Night Talkers” the main character Dany looks to seeking revenge as a possible outlet and way to obtain closure to end the pain the dew breaker caused when he hurt his family, changing Dany’s life. After going to visit his caretaker and aunt in Haiti, he meets another boy dealing with his own distress, and gains a new perspective of what it is like to move on. Based on this person, Dany recognizes that Claude was, “a night talker, one of those who spoke their nightmares out loud to themselves…He was able to speak his nightmares to himself as well as to others, in the night times as well as in the hours past dawn…” (Danticat 120). This quote shows how Dany realizes that there is no such thing as completely moving on or being able to forget his past, and what the dew breaker did to his family. This includes the understanding that part of recovery comes from acceptance, rather than from an eternal end to his pain, the way he believed he could get closure through retaliation. Raymond Gozzi Jr. believes that closure is misinterpreted and rather …show more content…
Many people identify closure as an end, a conclusion, or a resolution, when in fact it should be something that is understood, accepted, and lived with. In the chapter, “The Dew Breaker,” Anne, the wife of the dew breaker, still regrets the traumatic death of her brother at the hands of her own husband. She goes on to say, “There was no way to escape this dread anymore...this fright that the most important relationships of her life were always on the verge of being severed or lost, that the people closest to her were always disappearing...These spirits, they’d left her for good... leaving behind no corpse to bury, no trace of himself at all” (Danticat 242). This suggests that Anne may never be able to forgive her husband and obtain closure from her brother’s death. She knows that she has to live with the grief that she feels for the rest of her life because of the decision she made. As much as people wish this was true, it simply cannot be, because this would imply that the person would never feel the pain, as if the moment never meant anything to them other that a
The family accepts them and invites her to the funeral. When she attends, she is embarrassed by her own weeping. She is homesick, and has been making attempts to belong for so long, and this reminds her of what she left behind. The funeral ended at the crematorium, a symbolic act of immolation. It’s possible that her unease at this part of the ceremony is related to the dislike which Westerners have about facing mortality, but it could also be that the reminder of the limitation of time made her shallow attempts at connecting with others seem ludicrous.
She knew wanted to do that could cause her to get in trouble but she honestly didn’t care she just wanted to do what she always wanted to which was to just bury him and she could be in peace. She did as she said and ended up getting caught which cause her to be in trouble which she didn’t care cause she got to do what she wanted to.
When she was young, she could not process the way her father raised and treated her, so she believed everything he said. When she is able to understand, her tone changes and becomes clinical and critical remembering the way he constantly let her
When people are traumatized by an event they are pushed to experience the five stages of grief. The “Gospel”, by Philip Levine and “the boy detective loses love”, by Sam Sax both use characters that are going through one of the stages of grief. Levine and Sax both explain the thoughts and process of what a person thinks when they go through these stages with imagery. Levine uses symbolism, a sad tone, and a set setting in “Gospel” to illustrate that grieving takes you into a depth of thoughts. Sax uses anaphoras, an aggressive tone, and an ambiguous setting to convey that grieving takes you into a tunnel of anger and rage.
Even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me.” (pg. 51). This quote definitely demonstrates Melinda’s poor, despondent condition by comparing the memory to a beast in her gut. The main cause of Melinda’s unhappiness is not speaking up about the beast in her gut that is scraping the inside of her ribs. Melinda’s dark, depressed thoughts are once again presented through a metaphor when Melinda says, “IT is my nightmare and I can’t wake up.
In summary, everybody has deferent ways to heal. Chhnag and Pond has two specific, seek for justice and music They both survived the genocide of Cambodia in 1975. It is not easy to go ahead with a life when you have faced a trauma like genocide. Then if there are ways to heal a trauma such as genocide. Also there are ways to heal a trauma such as genocide.
Resilience is displayed through the drive shown by the characters in these stories, despite hardships or trauma in their pasts. In The Road, Papa and the boy continue to move forward and “carry the fire”, staying morally true to themselves, even despite the things they had seen. The boy’s mother shot herself, he has seen cannibalism, slavery, and people reduced to monsters and broken shells of humanity, but he is still fighting and trying to be one of the good guys. He still wants to help the little boy when he meets him, still wants to help Ely when he meets them (McCarty, 162); The Boy still has a desire to help people who are suffering. He is starving, but he wants to give away his food so that the people who are good in this world won’t die.
She does this by reflecting on how she was the only one to hug him once he returned, and instead of laughing, she and her family were crying, “Now I was so happy to see him that I ran up and threw my arms around his waist and buried my face in his belt. I thought I should be laughing and welcoming him home. But I started to cry. By this time everyone was crying. No one else had moved to touch him yet”
They are pushed away to seek different, better things, separated from the causes of their grief. In these cases, it would be inaccurate to claim that cruelty is little more than unjust treatment. Cruelty is not a display of power—it is the abuse of it; the ugly offspring of fear and weakness, spurred by fits of anger and doubt; a revealer of the truly weak and liberator of the wrongly
During a time of great struggle, there is no doubt that the event will cause the person to change. In something so horrible and traumatizing as the Holocaust, where the Nazi soldiers inflicted so much fear on the Jews, there is no doubt they would feel forced to change in order to survive. Since the Nazis committed such heinous crimes, the victims of the holocaust began to deny their faith, go against their morals in order to survive the stress, and their physical appearances changed due to the little food the Nazi’s gave them in the Concentration camp. Eliezer, the main character of the novel Night, goes through an intense character change from the beginning to the end of his story as a holocaust victim. This event in his life causes a change
It’s important to know that she still loves her husband even after she killed him. Her feelings went away for a little bit and she did things that she regrets all because of what her husband told her. I wonder what her husband told
From her internal thoughts and observations, the reader is given knowledge of the exact extent to which Ellie’s own mortality affects her thoughts, actions, and enjoyment of her whole life. The impact of the knowledge is best demonstrated when the reader is told, “Yet
While reading the story, you can tell in the narrators’ tone that she feels rejected and excluded. She is not happy and I’m sure, just like her family, she wonders “why her?” She is rejected and never accepted for who she really is. She is different. She’s not like anyone else